Cam­paign for loved one with Hunt­ing­ton dis­ease sur­passes goal

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

The or­ga­nizer of a fundraiser to help the fam­ily of a Glace Bay woman suf­fer­ing from Hunt­ing­ton dis­ease says they sur­passed their goal.

Michelle McIn­nis said the goal was to raise about $20,000 for Dar­rell Campbell and his wife Judy, who suf­fers with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease, how­ever, the cam­paign raised about $25,000. McIn­nis, a fam­ily friend, said she’s grate­ful to those who sup­ported the auc­tion in some way, do­nated to the cam­paign or as­sisted in any way.

“I just want to thank ev­ery­one for the over­whelm­ing re­sponse through the cam­paign,” she said. “It ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions. We wouldn’t have been able to do it with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity. We are very ap­pre­cia­tive.”

McIn­nis or­ga­nized a ben­e­fit dance and silent auc­tion at the Main Event in Glace Bay and also held a GoFundMe cam­paign called Reach­ing out for Judy — Hunt­ing­tons at­gout-for-judy.

The money will be used to in­stall an el­e­va­tor lift in the Campbell’s home and make mod­i­fi­ca­tions to make it eas­ier for Judy, who now lives at Seav­iew Manor, to visit.

“To give her the qual­ity of life that she de­serves,” McIn­nis said.

“It’s go­ing to make a great dif­fer­ence for them.”

Dar­rell Campbell, 54, has worked as a me­chanic with Cape Bre­ton Hyundai for 33 years, and Judy, 52, worked as a pas­sen­ger screener at the Syd­ney air­port.

In June 2008, Judy was di­ag­nosed with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease, but had been show­ing symp­toms for years. In June of last year she moved to Seav­iew Manor.

Dar­rell Campbell said he and Judy are ex­tremely grate­ful to those who played a part of this cam­paign in help­ing his fam­ily with the bur­den of liv­ing with Hunt­ing­ton dis­ease, from McIn­nis who or­ga­nized it to the busi­nesses own­ers, in­di­vid­u­als, friends and fam­ily.

“All funds will go to Judy’s care at home as well as help­ing with the fam­ily fi­nances.”

Dar­rell said through this cam­paign he has met others with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease.

“Through this cam­paign I feel aware­ness has height­ened around Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease and its harsh ef­fects on many fam­i­lies across the coun­try,” he said.

“I hope it will help bring peo­ple to­gether and more aware­ness to the cause.”


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